Pictured (L to R): Tim Sweeney, Dave Twardzik, Curtis Cole, Jay Rountree, Thomas Keeling and Leon Hylton
Pictured (L to R): Tim Sweeney, Dave Twardzik, Curtis Cole, Jay Rountree, Thomas Keeling and Leon Hylton
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Jay Rountree Inducted Into Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

June 20, 2019
By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. – Former Old Dominion men’s basketball player, Jay Rountree, was recently inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Rountree was joined by fellow ODU teammates Dave Twardzik, Tim Sweeney, Curtis Cole, Thomas Keeling and Leon Hylton at the induction ceremony.

The 53rd Annual Induction Ceremony of the Capital Area Chapter was held at the Red Lion Hotel.

Rountree was born in Staunton, Virginia in 1951 and in 1954 his family moved to Camp Hill, Pa. Rountree and his two brothers were enrolled in Milton Hershey School in 1965. During his high school playing days, Rountree set many single season and career records including the then school record of 1,221 points (1967-70). He set the single season scoring record of 555 points in 23 games (24.1 ppg) and rebounds with 443 (19.3 rpg). Rountree set the all-time MHS record for blocked shots in a season with 135 and 305 for his career. He was the CAC scoring champion for his senior year and was selected by the High School Basketball Illustrated Report as one of the East’s outstanding high school prospects; he was also named to the Harrisburg Area “Big 15” Team.

Rountree accepted a scholarship to play at Old Dominion University, where he played for Sonny Allen on the 1871 NCAA Division II National Finalist Team. He was a three-year starter for the Monarchs. He had 22 rebounds in a single game and hauled down 644 career rebounds in 83 games. In 1975, Rountree and ODU won the NCAA Division II National Championship after defeating the University of New Orleans.

Rountree went on to play professionally in Helsinki, Finland.

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